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—There are three legitimate and important objects to be accomplished by the organization and maintenance of medical societies, namely, the mutual interchange of views and facts of clinical experience by which the observations of each become more nearly the common property of the whole; the planning and execution of special investigations for the development of new facts, and the solving of prob lems requiring the coöperation of several observers working to the same end; and the cultivation of social intercourse, personal friendships, and the establishment of union and harmony among all those pursuing the same calling.
The first and last of these objects have hitherto chiefly occupied the attention of our numerous society organizations, while the second has attracted but little attention, although of more importance for the promotion of scientific knowledge than both the others. And even in the accomplishment of the first, the time is so far occupied
Medical Societies and Their Methods of Work.. JAMA. 1884;III(14):383. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390630019004